Comic Con Celebrates Filmation

Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation, received the Comic Con Inkpot award on July 12, 2012 in recognition of significant achievements in the field of animation. Lou and a panel of Filmation luminaries including writer Buzz Dixon, director Tom Tataranowicz, animator Darrell McNeil, legendary actor Sid Haig, and moderator Andy Mangels discussed the studio’s early days and cultural influence. Lou was particularly noted for his work in preserving the U.S. animation industry during the 1980s via innovative cost saving measures while increasing the quality of the films. Although known mostly for animation, Filmation had some revolutionary live action shows starting with Ark II. Sid Haig regaled the audience with stories about filming Jason of Star Command. They shot an amazing 15 episodes in only five weeks.

The panel also showed an 8 minute short pilot of an animated Marx Brothers cartoon that was rejected by networks.

If you’re a fan of Filmation but missed the panel, don’t despair. Lou Scheimer and Andy Mangels just completed the book: Lou Scheimer: Creating The Filmation Generation which will be released in September of this year.


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5 thoughts on “Comic Con Celebrates Filmation

  1. Geed says:

    8 minute pilot for a Marx Brothers animated show??? I hope they release it publically. I’ve seen two other pilots (Dick Digit & King Arthur) and I love Filmation to death. Glad the book is FINALLY coming out since it was due first in 2007.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Seeing Filmation’s Lou Scheimer speaking at a fan-filled convention in 2012 just makes the world seem a better place.

    Great news about the book. Can’t wait.

    I wonder what kind of character design they had for the Marx Brothers show?
    Naturalistically cartoony? Marx animals? Or like the drawings used in old intros to their movies?

    All their stuff is great.

  3. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    Nice. It’s great seeing Filmation get the respect and attention they deserve. The history of Saturday morning cartoons wouldn’t be the same without them.

  4. Dar says:

    Very nice to see it honored.

    The thing I like more about Scheimer is his ethical sense. He wanted to create good wholesome moral animation (well, usually he did anyway).

    This may have made stuff like “He-Man” seem “corny” to older people, but I love it.

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